A referee in Chesapeake, VA is now banned from officiating following singling out a young Black girl during...
A referee in Chesapeake, VA is now banned from officiating following singling out a young Black girl during a basketball game because of the color and texture of her hair.
Erica Guerrier, the coach, and mother of the girl-in-question said she thought the referee was going to ask how long a timeout would be when she saw him walking in her direction.
“He asked to speak to me and then he mentioned that one of the players, when she goes to the next level she is going to have to do something about her hair,” Guerrier said.
The player was the coaches 10-year-old daughter, who was wearing braids with blue wave woven in CBS 17 reported. The referee said it was against the rules.
“The Chesapeake official came and they had my daughter come over and he pointed to, I guess the point where her natural hair meets the hair that was braided in and said he didn’t know what that was, and I said that’s her natural hair,” Guerrier said. “Just to get to the bottom of what are you talking about? There is no such rule, so why are you bringing this up in front of this girl that her only love is just to play basketball?”
Guerrier’s daughter is passionate about basketball and practices nearly five days out of the week the news station reported.
Guerrier was surprised that the referee made a spectacle of her daughter’s hair. According to the coach, the referee told her she would have to do something about her daughter’s hair as she moves up in competition.